Is there a special day for jokes and tricks in your country? Do you like playing tricks on people? If you’re ever in the UK on 1 April, you’d better watch out!

When and what is April Fool’s Day?

April Fool’s Day is on 1 April. It’s the custom in the UK to play a trick or a joke on someone on this day. If the person falls for the joke, then they are called an ‘April Fool’. In fact, it’s only half a day because April Fool’s Day finishes at midday. No more jokes after lunchtime, please!

What kind of tricks do people play?

Here are some April Fool’s tricks from around the world:

  • In the 1990s Burger King published an advert in the magazine USA Today offering new ‘Left-handed Whoppers’ (hamburgers) for the 32 million left-handed Americans! Thousands of customers ordered the new burger in the restaurants.
  • A zoo in Japan said that they had a giant penguin that was 165cm tall and weighed 80kg! In fact, it was a man dressed up in a penguin suit.
  • One year in the UK a children’s news programme said that scientists had invented a ‘Brain Band’. It was a coloured head band that you put on your head and it helped to make you more intelligent! In an on-line poll, 47 per cent of the children who heard the news wanted to buy a ‘brain band’!
  • In 1949 a radio presenter in New Zealand told listeners that there were millions of wasps coming to invade. He told viewers to wear their socks over their trousers and to put honey on their doors. Millions of listeners believed him!
  • In 1976 a very famous British astronomer told radio listeners that at 9.47 a.m. the earth was going to experience a feeling of less gravity. He said that Jupiter and Pluto would cross and if listeners jumped in the air at exactly 9.47 a.m. they would feel the sensation of having no gravity! Hundreds of listeners phoned the radio to say they had jumped and floated in the air!
  • Ikea announced that the shop had launched a dog highchair (highchairs are usually for babies!) named 'HUNDSTOL' (Swedish for dog chair). Google ‘IKEA dog high chair’ for more details.
  • The free London newspaper, Metro, came up with a novel idea to deal with the problem of litter on the underground (unfortunately it was only a joke). They said that the newspaper was now edible – ‘the only paper that you can eat after reading’.
  • A British newspaper announced that Portugal had ‘sold’ Cristiano Ronaldo, the footballer, to Spain for €160 million. Why? To try to clear its national debt. It was a joke, of course.

Do people actually like April Fool’s Day?

We asked some Brits this question. This is what they said:

I love April Fool’s Day. It can be really good fun. I love playing tricks on people and I don’t mind if people play tricks on me. It’s one day of the year you can be really silly and have a laugh and it’s OK. You have to be quite sensible for the other 364 days of the year, so I look forward to 1 April.

I don’t like April Fool’s Day. It makes me a bit nervous. I keep thinking someone is about to play a trick on me. When 12 o’clock passes I feel quite relieved that it’s finished for another year!

When I was at school, April Fool’s Day was always good fun. We played tricks on each other and sometimes on the teacher. In fact, one year one of the boys at school put a bucket of water on top of the door and when the chemistry teacher came in, he got very wet! It was funny, but the boy got in big trouble!

April Fool’s Day is a great idea. It’s easy to forget the actual date and I always believe everything I read in the newspapers or watch on the TV news. I usually believe the big national hoaxes and it always makes me laugh afterwards. It’s good to remind us that maybe we shouldn’t always believe everything we hear in the news.

April Fool’s Day is fun when you’re young. I remember putting a plastic fried egg on my dad’s plate for breakfast as a trick. He decided to cut it up and pretend to eat it! Now I think some of the tricks are a bit silly and people can be a bit cruel playing tricks on their ‘friends’!

I hate April Fool’s Day. Last year people at work changed the sugar for salt so we all put salt in our coffee! Then some joker in the office decided he wanted a day off and he did something to the computers so they wouldn’t work. It just wasn’t funny! I had lots to do and we all had to stop working and solve the problem.

So watch out this year on 1 April!


Do you have a day that is similar to April Fool's Day in your country? Tell us about it here.


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Giovannichoi 25 June, 2020 - 10:09

We plays trick on the other people in April Fools Day too, but we play it all-day in Korea.

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a696778 4 April, 2020 - 09:23

in my country, we celebrate April Fools Day also. But in my country, we do tricks all-day.

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a695353 2 April, 2020 - 20:22

In Greece, we also have this funny tradition on April Fool's day. We trick each other and we have lots of fun. I love to prank my family and friends but not to be pranked back. It is a great day!

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Demonking73 9 May, 2019 - 23:09

I dont have any day like April Fool's day.But in that day i just become more carefull about others so that i maynt be fool and i dont tricks on people because i dont want to break their believing about me.

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Batgirl 22 January, 2018 - 17:58

We do have such holiday in our country. It's also called April Fools' Day but it is not as widely spread as in the UK. Children and teens usually play triks on this holiday. There are also some shops with stuff for celebrating this day(fake food, pillows that make funny sounds etc.)

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SLMT 31 October, 2017 - 03:10

In my country,Myanmar, April Fool’s Day is celebrated.Laat year, my friends and I tricked our teacher. We put small piece of paper under the mouse.When teacher came to her room and use her computer,it didn’t work anymore.She switch on and aff again and again as she thought her computer is broken. But I think our joke should not pass the limit.Sometimes,a simple joke can turn to someone’s deep scar in their heart.There’s a movie called “Night” in my country.This movie is about a girl’s revenge .A boy propose that girl on April Fool’s Day in front of many friends.After she accepted his proposal,her friends and that boy laughed loudly and said “April Fool’s Day”. The girl embrassed and planned to revenge.It’s just a movie but who knows .There may be many girls who became April Fool’s prey.

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fay4 18 September, 2017 - 15:51

we don't have an April Fool's day in Egypt because we laugh and joke all over the year .. not waiting for a specific day to laugh .. I think that English people made that day because they don't laugh a lot and all people noticed that so they made this day to save their face water XD *kidding*

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serg83 7 June, 2016 - 16:09

I live in Belarus. My country has got such a day. We play trick each other and it is fun.

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gianggiang 19 October, 2015 - 15:53

No, we don't have, but it seems that April fool's day is the day which my classmates tell the truth to each other???? ( For example, a teen boy will say to the girl that he likes: "I want to be your boyfriend." haha, Because he isn't brave enough to show his love in the other 364 days of the year. Of course if she refuses him, he won't be very ashamed and that saying becomes a joke.)
I had a very memorable April fool's day. My classmate gave me a piece of paper. Its content was " Who opened and read this piece of paper is an idiot" Yes! I really became a foolish girl in that day@

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congduy2001 4 July, 2015 - 05:13

My country doesn't celebrate April Fool's Day as fun as the America. But we still create lies and jokes on April 1st. Fortunately, my parents aren't punish me when I lie on that day.

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Darbinizrade 6 April, 2015 - 23:21

In Turkey,we play tricks on each other in April 1st,too. But it is not called "April's fool day",we simply call it "joke" or "tricking" day.And we have no limit , I mean we can play tricks during the whole day.I had a lot of fun while I was reading the article, all these jokes are so creative.But the only thing I can do is just adding some tootpaste between two biscuits :)

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Silvermist 3 April, 2015 - 12:11

This time April fool's day was great fro me at school. I didn't get managed to be the April fool and made the others get fooled. we also had a big April day fool's plan but unfortunately, we couldn't do it.

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edupires 1 April, 2015 - 01:07

It's a funny day in my country too. Usually some girls love to name that day "the men day" only to bore us.

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patchyplum 14 February, 2015 - 15:30

Thae day is awesome and playing jokes and seeing their wird "Oh my god what happened to me" faces is really funny.I love that day and also love to be fooled sadly which happens everyday in my class

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justcricketforme 2 April, 2014 - 15:18

We do celebrate it and it's fun! I was super careful right from the time I stepped in the van and slept. Well, one of my BFFs did this trick:
She came in with a big box of Oreo. She said loudly : "How wans an Oreo?" A few of my friends did go to recieve one but I satyed on my seat. She gave everyone one Oreo. The first one to eat it started making a face and she spat it in the dustbin and so did the others.
"It's got toothpaste and handmoisterizer in it! You guys acctually fell for it!" She laughed. I laughed too. Woah! What a trick!

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basketman 1 April, 2014 - 13:38

In my country, Italy, we call April fool's day "Pesce d'aprile" and it lasts all day long.
It is really good fun.

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KimchiSoup 31 March, 2014 - 23:06

Korea has similar culture for April Fool’s we call it Manoujur. Korean students love this day because we can do a lot of tricks for our teachers. So some teachers hate this day but usually they enjoy this day too. When I was grade 9 in Korea, everyone set the alarm for 9 o’clock! In Korean school, we must hand in our cell phone in the cell phone backpack. When my main teacher picked up the cell phone bag, 38 cell phone started to rang. It was very funny, everyone was laughing also my main teacher were laughing too. However, this happen just in morning independent study time. During 1 period we are doing everyone is side ways so my Korean teacher taught us side ways. During 2 period we were moving the classroom are outside! it sounds crazy so we were studying in the paly field. It such a fun day for me. Everyone changed their classroom or classmate and some students are didn’t wear the school uniform. They wear the look like old ladies and ghosts even some teachers are thinking they are school parents. I’m really excited now because tomorrow is April Fool’s. I don’t know Canada style but I want to say for my mom ‘We don’t need to go to Shecana because Sheila said tomorrow is day off’. I can’t wait tomorrow.

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Jonathan - Coor... 1 April, 2014 - 03:22

Hi KimchiSoup. Thanks for telling us about your tricks! I must say, they're very amusing and imaginative. Let us know what you get up to today! And I hope our other users and readers will write and tell us too. Have fun. :-) 
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Eichego 31 March, 2014 - 22:56

Yes, but it is similar. In Korea we have a similar day to April fool’s day. This day is called lying day. In school many students are lying to each other or lying to the teachers. They change their classrooms or put their desks outside.

A few years ago our class lied to our teacher. We changed the sits and we turned the sits backward. When the teacher came he was shocked. Tomorrow is April fool’s day! I will say, “I like you” to my friend but it is a lie. I really like April fool’s day.

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